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Poster: Parsnip Date: Jun 12, 2010 4:36pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Copying old texts from the Archive

If you are using the original text (not a later edition) and it is out of copyright, it is in the Public Domain, and you can do what you like with it.

Be aware, though, that "out of copyright" in the USA is not the same as "out of copyright" in the UK. Anything published before 1923 is out of copyright in the USA, whereas in the UK and the rest of Europe, copyright depends on the author's date of death, and extends to the life of the author plus 70 years, entering the public domain on the 1st January following that period.

Disclaimer: This is my understanding as a lay person. I am not a copyright lawyer etc. etc.

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Poster: anthonypaul Date: Jun 15, 2010 12:12pm
Forum: forums Subject: Re: Copying old texts from the Archive

In other words any UK writer who died before 1940 is out of copyright. Make sure the source is that old though. Modern reprints are sometimes edited, and publishers (often of 'literary' writers) can claim a copyright on the new form of words.